Time Warp: Role Playing Action & More in Metro D

By: Scott Davis | June 4, 2014

I have to admit something. This is one topic I never thought I’d be writing about. Then again my job as an “In the D” writer is to provide you with options for fun and different activities in the area. These activities are definitely something I would consider different and I have never attempted any of the following, but they could be fun, right? Maybe? I’m just kidding, if this is what you’re into then I say more power to you! Let’s look at some of these “obscure” options around southeast Michigan.

You may have seen a group of people dressed up similarly to Game of Thrones characters walking about on a college campus or in a park at some point in your lifetime. That is probably because Live Action Role Play (LARP) is actually relatively popular. Perhaps you are the king of LARPing, or you want to try your hand at such an event. Either way, there are places to participate!

Nero Detroit: Nero stands for the New England Roleplaying Organization, and it has expanded to include a Detroit chapter. Nero is set in the mystical world of Tyrra. If you’re into magic, monsters and money, perhaps you will be Tyrra’s newest resident. Through a diverse “leveling system,” players are able to dream up their perfect character. If you are intrigued, the group’s email is nerodetroit@gmail.com.

Detroit by Night: This group focuses on “intense” LARPing about vampires, and other creatures that “go bump in the night.” It is part of White-Wolf Inc.’s “World of Darkness” game line. Games are held throughout Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. You can get in touch by emailing dc.mi.014.d@gmail.com.

Are you a history buff? Or, even if you’re not, hopefully you are aware of how the Civil War shaped life in America. If you really want to dig deeper into this, perhaps you should consider participating in, or watching a Civil War re-enactment.

15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company B takes on the responsibility of preserving the American Civil War. Through authentic re-enacting, the group simulates what the life of a soldier was like, all while educating the public of the importance the role the Civil War played. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, email reenactor@15thmichigan.us.

There are several other Civil War Re-enactment groups in the area. For a complete list, check here.

The next activity up for discussion, I wouldn’t necessarily call obscure, but we will put it on the list just because it isn’t exactly one of the most well-known sports in America. That would be fencing.

The Renaissance Fencing Club in Troy teaches fencing classes and has tournaments.  The classes vary in skill level from novice to pre-elite. You can check out upcoming classes on the website. Renaissance will provide you with great coaches so you can become a fencing expert!

The Underground Fencing Organization’s fencers range in skill from beginner to World Cup veteran, so there is a place for everybody. Anyone is welcomed to attend a practice. UFO is based in the venue of Salle d’Etroit located in Livonia.

Let’s move on to another activity that some of you may not have known actually exists. Any Harry Potter fans in the building? I love the movies, and I’ve read a couple of the books. Okay, I’ve read one book. Point being is that quidditch is a popular sport amongst the wizards, warlocks and witches. Now, even the muggles (non-magical folk) are getting in on the action.

This isn’t much of a surprise, but there aren’t many “organized” quidditch clubs around here. With that being said, several colleges around Michigan have started registered student organizations (RSOs). So, if you are a student at any of these, or live around campus, perhaps you may be able to get involved. Just remember, nobody wants to be a Hufflepuff!

As you can see, there is more to do than just your common everyday sports and activities around these parts. Dare to be different.